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Homeland Stores launches mobile payments

BY Dan Berthiaume

Oklahoma City – Homeland Stores, a 78-store regional supermarket chain headquartered in Oklahoma City, has successfully completed of a mobile payments pilot program with mobile payments technology provider DoubleBeam. Launched in June of this year, Homeland’s SwiftScan mobile application allows customers to pay for purchases with a smartphone.

SwiftScan is currently accepted for payment at 20 Homeland locations, with plans to add 26 more locations by the end of October.

"The SwiftScan app is another example of Homeland’s commitment to save our customers’ time and money each time they visit our stores," said Daryl Fitzgerald, president and CEO, Homeland Stores. "We have had a tremendous response to the app, and are pleased to make the convenient pay-by-phone service available at more Homeland locations throughout our community."

Within three months of the initial pilot, more than 1,500 customers downloaded the Homeland SwiftScan application and have collectively purchased $55,000 in goods using a smartphone device. Once downloaded, customers can activate the payment option simply by taking a picture of a check and a photo ID. At the register, customers can then pay for purchases by scanning a QR code, and selecting the payment option.

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99dresses introduces iOS app

BY Dan Berthiaume

New York – 99dresses is introducing a mobile iOS app. 99dresses offers a virtual “clothes swap party” where women list unwanted fashion items and receive virtual “buttons” they can use to claim apparel items listed by other customers. The item listed is then emailed a prepaid USPS shipping label.

"You can receive a dress, wear it to your friend’s birthday party or wedding, and then re-list it in two seconds and immediately earn buttons to spend on something new," said Nikki Durkin, founder and CEO of 99dresses. “99dresses is offering a sustainable way to shop guilt-free through collaborative consumption. Members of the 99dresses community can raid the closets of women all across America and have access to thousands of apparel items from brands ranging from Zara and Topshop to Marc by Marc Jacobs and Alice + Olivia. My overall vision is to create a platform where millions of women can come together to refresh their closets and get their shopping fix without needing to spend thousands of dollars.”

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Shop.org board elects OfficeMax chief digital officer

BY Dan Berthiaume

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Naperville, Ill. — Jim Barr, executive VP and chief digital officer of OfficeMax Inc., has been elected to the board of directors of Shop.org, where he will serve a two-year term. Barr joined OfficeMax in his current role in November 2011.

"It’s an honor to join the Shop.org board and help to play a role in advancing the organization’s strategic mission, including helping to address the challenges and opportunities most pressing to us within the digital retail industry," said Barr. "As advances in technology allow consumers and businesses to shop in new ways, we also have the opportunity to reach our customers in new ways to engage them and build deeper brand loyalty. Shop.org plays a crucial role in fostering the insights and dialogue needed to position online and omni-channel retailing to succeed."

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